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Dali Blue Woodblock Print of Canto 34
Dali Blue Woodblock Pr  
I have purchased a copy of what is being touted as " authentic rare blue
woodblock print from artist Salvador Dali. From the Divine Comedy Suite /
published in 1964 in a edition size of 165 and signed in the block by Dali.
Note:
Very small rare edition only 165 ever made in blue and upon completion the
blocks were destroyed."

It is authenticated on the verso of the engraving by Frank Hunter of the
Salvador
Dali Archives. The authentication stamp on the verso reads : " Authentic
Salvador
Dali Plate-signed engraving from the Divine Comedy series, 1964 ". Then the
pencil Hunter signature followed by the stamped words : " Frank Hunter ,
Director Salvador Dali Archives Ltd./New York " .

The attached Certificate of Authenticity reads as follows :::

Nathan Daniel Isen  /  Philadelphia , Pennsylvania  /  Purveyors of Fine Art  /  
Certifies that this work of art is genuine as described herein  /  This is an
authentic engraving by Salvador Dali from the Divine Comedy series, 1964 .
ARTIST : Salvador Dali  /  TITLE : Lucifer  /  SUITE : The Divine Comedy  /  
MEDIUM
:  Original engraving in rare blue.  /  YEAR:  1964  /  EDITION:  Edition of 165
original engravings.  /  SIGNATURE:  Rare signature in the plate. /  NOTATION:  
Very Rare small edition in blue. Only 165 ever done, and then the plates were
destroyed.  This special edition was signed by Dali in the plate. Signed on
verso
by Frank Hunter of the Salvador Dali Archives.

This print measures 24.25 cm ( 9 1/2") X 17.75 cm ( 7" ) on a paper of
questionable size. I say questionable because without disassembling the
framing
, I can't be sure of the outside dimensions of the paper. Using the ratio of
print
to paper that I have determined was used on the full color Divine Comedy
prints ,
I calculate the paper may be sized at 34 cm ( 13" ) X 25 cm ( 10 1/4 " ) .
These
are the same dimensions listed for the French editions in the Albert Field
book.

In the Field raisonne , there is a description of the lack of easily visible plate
impression on the full color prints due to the very fine wood engravings. On
the
blue woodblocks the plate impressions are sharp and well pronounced, as if
done
with an intaglio method.

Finally , to the question. I see NO REFERENCE in the Field raisonne to an
edition
of " RARE BLUE WOODBLOCK PRINTS. Is there any catalog or evidence that
backs
up this artworks claims ?? Thanks, John.  

Answer
I am in the Dali business and stay away from these works for a number of reasons. Frank Hunter can be trusted, so that is good news.

There are additions being made for the Fields book you mentioned and there will be other books publsihed as time goes on. Bottom line, if Hunter says it's authentic and you have it properly appraised, you are in good shape.


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